If you find yourself craving time in nature, Washington County is the perfect destination for you! With 5 National Parks and 8 State Parks, there’s an abundance of hiking and biking trails throughout the county where you’ll find vast opportunities to view beautiful landscapes, see abundant flora and fauna, and enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Anyone, at any age, can reap the benefits of connecting to nature and you don’t have to climb a mountain to do so.
Scientific evidence indicates that exposure to natural environments is associated with better health and well-being. Experiencing the awe and wonder of the natural world positively affects mental health as well as chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease. Doctors have recognized that being active outdoors is even more beneficial than being active indoors and many are prescribing park prescriptions for their patients.
Time alone spent in nature can be very therapeutic,